School parking fears

Parking at Marangaroo Primary School is becoming dangerous, according to a resident.        d441612
Parking at Marangaroo Primary School is becoming dangerous, according to a resident.        d441612

It follows several complaints and a reported �near-miss� involving a child and a 4WD at the crosswalk last month.

At the City�s July 21 meeting, Giralt Road resident Lara Mittic told the council there was a problem with parking at the school.

She said in the afternoons parents parked on the verges and children ran across the road to get to the cars.

�The road is very dangerous; it�s horrible to be there and just watch it,� she said.

�It�s really nerve-wracking.�

Ms Mittic said the queue of cars was also so long that vehicles had driven on the footpath to get past.

She called for the City to visit the school at pick-up time to see the issues first-hand.

�I really would like to know if you are aware that there is no parking for the primary school,� she said. �Something has to be done� one day a child will be hit definitely.�

After the reported near-miss on July 27, two Wanneroo parking compliance officers went to the school but there was no sign of an incident.

Assets director Harminder Singh said the City had received five complaints about illegal parking at Marangaroo Primary School in the past year.

�In that time, eight infringements have been issued in the streets surrounding the school. Ignoring parking prohibitions results in a $100 infringement,� he said.

�There have been no other �near-miss� incidents or harm to pedestrians recorded in the past 12 months.�

Mr Singh said the City would arrange a site meeting with the school in the next two weeks to discuss possible solutions, including a review of current parking prohibitions.

�If a review of parking is required, the City will consult with affected residents and the school and report to council,� he said.

Parking compliance officers were expected to visit the school once a day during school hours last week.

Mr Singh said the City would meet school administration to discuss several options for safe travel.

�These options include the formation of a school roadwise committee, participation in the Department of Transport�s TravelSmart to School program, which promotes healthy, safe travel choices for schools, students and parents, and communication with parents about illegal parking through the school newsletter,� he said.

He said the City encouraged all parents and motorists to exercise caution, wear a seatbelt no matter how short the trip, drive within the speed limit and be alert when travelling through school zones.